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When the Watching Time Is Past

We're watching and praying all along life's way

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [We're watching and praying all along life's way]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 We’re watching and praying all along life’s way,
Praying on, watching on till the last;
What tho’ we are weary, soon will come the day
When the watching time is past.

Watching on, all the way, watching on, night and day,
Watching on while this life shall last;
But up yonder we’ll rest on our dear Saviour’ breast,
When the watching time is past.

2 Tried often and tempted by the unseen foe,
Yet to God’s blessed rule we’ll hold fast;
If He find us watching, to Him we may go
When the watching time is past. [Refrain]

3 We’re watching and praying while we lend a hand,
Doing all for the Lord till the last;
We watch for the morning of that golden land,
Then the watching will be past. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #19

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We're watching and praying all along life's way
Title: When the Watching Time Is Past
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Watching on, all the way
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
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Consecrated Hymns #16

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Hymns of the Kingdom #19

Offering of Praise #d210

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Sacred Selections #45

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The Voice of Praise No. 3 #172

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World-Wide Hosannas #51

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